Loricariidae

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Panaque nigrolineatus, Royal Panaque or "Pleco" Catfish. JJPhoto.dk

Overview

These are armored South American catfishes, of which the popular "Pleco" species are best known.

There are many species either unnamed or in taxonomic limbo, and these are given "L" numbers to distinguish them. The fish above is identified as L027 7.

Loricariidae is the largest family of catfishes, with six subfamilies, 92 genera, and more than 684 species.

Classification of this family is constantly changing, and many new species await recognition.

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Native range:

Taxonomic rank: Family

Common name: SUCKERMOUTH ARMORED CATFISHES


Total known Total profiles
Subfamilies 6 6
Genera 92 3
Species 684 8


Subfamilies

Genera

Species


Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Tropical Fishes
Image credit: JJ
Text credit: JL